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23 May 2015

Children of Nature

Another quick review. This one of a picture from 1991 called Börn Náttúrunnar, released in the U.S. (briefly and only on VHS, not in theatres) as Children of Nature. It is about an elderly man living on a farm in Iceland who can't manage the farm anymore. After a stint with his family in Reykjavik doesn't work out, he and his old girlfriend steal a jeep and they return to an island where they used to live and then become part of nature. Or something like that. This was a kind of 1990s spiritualist/nature-loving thing. I was sort of bored.

The film has a few magical elements in it – there's a ghost, and a couple of vanishings into thin air, and a cameo by Bruno Ganz (perhaps a kind of tiny tribute to Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire), but these things aren't really coherent, to my mind.